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  • Out of Art

    After 300 years of collecting the painting, sculpture, and other art objects of Western culture, we are simply running out of art, suggests Souren Melikian.

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  • Libeskind and Gehry to Square Off in Toronto

    Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry are both headed to Toronto to work on splashy museum structures. The Berlin-based Libeskind, designer of the new Jewish Museum, has created a renovation design for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), while Gehry, the Canadian-born but Los Angeles–based architect, is quietly talking to the Art Gallery of Ontario about designing a new and characteristically showy extension.

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  • German Painter Most Expensive Living Artist

    Gerhard Richter now stands as the world’s most expensive living artist, a status confirmed and consecrated by the current retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Just as his reputation has risen steadily since he arrived in West Germany in 1961, so has the value of his work, which with barely a hiccup has climbed steadily. Today a major work can command over $9 million; the MoMA recently spent some $15 million acquiring the “October” series.

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  • A New Cool Brittania?

    Charles Saumarez Smith, the new director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, is urged by The Guardian's Jonathan Jones to shake Britain's still-polarized aesthetic sensibilities up a little.

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  • A Museum for Cars

    Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej’s plan to surreptitiously turn a sorely needed arts center into a commercial development has hit some unexpected snags, as artists stage headline-grabbing protests and construction companies refuse to participate in the project.

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  • SF MoMA Looks Forward to Neal Benezra

    “It's a perfect fit for us,” said San Francisco Museum of Modern Art board chairwoman Elaine McKeon, speaking of Neal Benezra, who will assume the directorship of the institution on August 1.

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  • Museum Island Set Afloat

    Berlin's “Museum Island” may be the heart of the city, but that hasn't prevented the city-state, severely strapped for cash, from cutting the budget for the renovation of the five unique museums located here.

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  • Oldest Photo Sold

    The earliest recorded image taken by photographic means, an 1825 print by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce, was auctioned at Sotheby's in Paris on Thursday for the equivalent of $443,220.

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  • Walking on Saffron in Central Park?

    A project to cover the walkways of Central Park in saffron fabric walkways has remained on the drawing board ever since Christo and Jean-Claude first conceived it in 1979. Now, Mayor Bloomberg, a longtime supporter of the idea, may use it to bolster New York's flagging tourist economy.

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  • Exhibition of Corpses To Go Forward in London

    “Body World,” a controversial exhibition that includes 175 human body parts and 25 corpses, is the brainchild of Professor Gunther von Hagens. Now, the British government has ruled that no law prohibits the show from moving forward.

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